On the pragmatics of inscription:detecting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

Rajão, Raoni and Vurdubakis, Theodore (2013) On the pragmatics of inscription:detecting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Theory, Culture and Society, 30 (4). pp. 151-177. ISSN 1460-3616

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‘Methods’ and their devices have been conventionally viewed as the means through which the move from world to representation (and back again) might be reliably performed. An alternative view, perhaps most clearly exemplified by the post-ANT empirical programme of ‘material semiotics’, sees methods and devices as integral to the ways particular ‘realities’ are enacted in practices of representation and intervention. Drawing upon this latter work, the present paper examines the role of satellite images, GIS and GPS data and devices in the methods utilized in the location, identification and classification of ‘illegal’ deforestation in Brazilian Amazonia. Here we witness how efforts to make ‘deforestation’ into a stable object of knowledge, singular and coordinated, are countered by attempts to render it multiple and irreconcilable as methods and devices become entangled in the conflicts and antagonisms of social life.

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